Provence 4-Day Bike Tour
- Region: France
- Destination: Provence
- Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
- Level: Active Rider
- Price From: $3395
- Single Supplement: $ 650
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Cycle through vineyards, cherry orchards and fields of lavender. Climb winding roads to farmers markets in medieval villages. Stroll through charming rural towns. Explore ancient abbeys and taste the world’s best olive oils. You will never forget the views from the ruins of the Sade family château in Lacoste, the thrill of riding down from Gordes, and truffle and wine tasting in the village of Menèrbes. Culinary delights on this four-day bike tour in Provence include tastings of sumptuous reds, whites, and the celebrated rosés of Provence, and unforgettable meals that feature Provençal specialties prepared by some of the region’s most prominent chefs.
Tour by Day
Day One: Welcome to Provence!
It’s market day in Isle Sur la Sorgue! Explore the streets, filled with artisans selling fabrics, oils, soaps, produce, jewelry, olives, and more. Your guides will show you their favorite vendors as they shop for our picnic in town. We’ll then be fitted to our bikes and before our first ride along the southern side of the Plateau de Vaucluse past sleepy Luberon villages. We’ll stop at the Clos de Jeannons to visit our friend André at one of the last remaining olive mills in the area and taste the fruit of his labor. Delight in a phenomenal Provençal meal tonight with views over the Luberon Valley.
Meals: Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Isle Sur la Sorgue, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Cabrieres d’Avignon, St. Pantaleon
Accomplished: 18 miles / 29 km (Optional extra hill ride)
Day Two: Essence of the Luberon
Cycle past rustic stone villages perched along ridges overlooking esteemed vineyards. We’ll meet the local potters near Roussillon and explore the famous ochre cliffs surrounding the village. We’ll ride on through the forested heart of the Petit Luberon, peering out across the valley floor with its patchwork of orchards and vineyards. An indulgent truffle and wine tasting awaits us at lunch at the House of Truffles and Wine in Menerbes. After lunch you can return to the hotel to take advantage of the spa or opt for an extra ride up to Murs. Tonight we’ll be treated to the local specialties at our favorite Provençal restaurant in Gordes.
Meals: Breakfast / Gourmet Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Joucas, Roussillon, Lacoste, Menerbes
Accomplished: 40 km / 25 miles (Optional extra hill ride)
Day Three: The Grand Luberon
Sleep in this morning or, if you’d like, set out early on a challenging loop down to the Abbey de Senanque. Leaving Gordes behind today we’ll cycle across the valley floor, with its patchwork of orchards and vineyards, toward the hilltop village of Bonnieux. In some of the narrow streets we'll see vaulted passages and lovely fountains amongst the quaint artisan shops. Enjoy a 9-kilometer descent through the gorges to Lourmarin, where we’ll find plenty of cute deco shops and café terraces offering pastis. Immerse yourself in the gentle Provencal ambiance. Tonight we’ll be spoiled with an authentic outdoor bistro experience to celebrate our last evening together.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Destinations: Menerbes, Lacoste, Bonnieux, Lourmarin
Accomplished: 44 km / 28 miles (Optional extra rolling ride)
Day Four: Au Revoir
After eating a relaxing breakfast, say goodbye to the Luberon however you see fit. Take a last loop ride to Lourmarin, sip a traditional French café, or finish your shopping in the spectacular village. Your guides will see you off to Aix en Provence.
Accomplished: Optional ride